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Album Review

"My name is Casanova," Frank Carter menacingly spews out in the opening of "Orchestra of Wolves," the title track to Gallows' debut album. However that's not a come-on, girls, but a warning, as this dandy in wolf's clothing is here not to woo you, but to rip the heart right out of your chest, a Jack the Ripper of Romance. Gallows had already established themselves as one of the most explosive new bands on the U.K. hardcore scene, their gigs drenched in such intensity that few emerged unscathed. This album captures their live force to a 'T', from the opening assault of "Kill the Rhythm" — a barrage of guitars, clashing, crashing, off-kilter rhythm and furious tag-team vocals — to the closing careen through Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown." In between, the band show off their many roots and inspirational branches, which swing from American and Swedish hardcore to metal, and on to the discordance and angular rhythms of the modern underground (via the '70s post-punk art school scene). It's a wonderful mishmash of sounds and styles, reverberating out of the past and into the future. The Stooges, for instance haunt "Orchestra of Wolves," while a flash of the Sex Pistols echoes across "Black Heart Queen," at least until it slows down into a '70s-styled hard rocker. But for all the crash, bang, wallop of their music, melodies still hang from Gallows, notably on "Abandon Ship." An insanely catchy hook wriggles across "Rolling with the Punches," a song that also boasts quite classy keyboards, and ends by creeping through a Gothic crypt, which segues perfectly into the Hammer House of Horror instrumental interlude of "Last Fight for the Leaving Dead." On "In the Belly of a Shark," the band smashes psychobilly into hardcore, while a whiff of the Specials wafts through "Will Someone Shoot That F*****g Snake." And that's the beauty of Gallows: for all their viciousness, blistering guitars, and unquotable lyrics, there's much more to them than just bile and rage, assaultive sounds and skewered rhythms. With their many nods to the past both musically and thematically, they've turned the page over, and begun to write hardcore's history anew.

Customer Reviews

True punk roots bring the Wolves to the Orchestra

In their new album, "Orchestra of Wolves", Gallows brings listeners back to the greatest days of true punk-rock: with powerfully hardcore music, pop-ish hooks, and more emotion-filled lyrics than any songs I've heard in too long. If you try and put the vocalist above everything else, the songs just don't feel right. The best, perhaps only, way to apprectiate the singing is by accepting it not as a the center of the songs, but as another instrument augmenting the extreme feeling conveyed by the music. When listening to "Wolves" it is easy to imagine the band onstage and heckling the crowd through their music and antics. This picture comes to life when they perform live, often getting in fights over disputes with the audience. If punk-rock music is your outlet for, or the cause of, being pissed off, "Wolves" will not dissapoint.

FINALLY!!

I've been waiting for a decent hardcore album that appeals to my punk side, and now i finally have it! I've watched this band ever since hearing them from a mix album i got. EXCELLENT cd. The influences can range anywhere from Black Flag to Murder City Devils. I highly recommend it.

Excellent album

Hardcore sound w/ punk attitude. All tracks are sick.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Watford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As a disenfranchised D.I.Y. punk band from the U.K., Gallows fuse rage with a disgust with their social surroundings in the same fashion as their forefathers, the Sex Pistols and the Clash, to add a genuine urgency to their punk revival. In 2005, Frank Carter (vocals), Steph Carter (guitar/vocals), Laurent Barnard (guitars/keys/vocals), Stuart Gili-Ross (bass), and Lee Barratt (drums) formed the band after digesting a steady diet of '80s hardcore staples like Black Flag and Minor Threat and underground...
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